International Journal of Zoology / 2012 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

Methods of Developing User-Friendly Keys to Identify Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas L.) from Photographs

Table 1

Definitions of scale characteristics, anatomical terminology, and short hand used.

NameShorthandDefinition

CharacteristicsTickTKWhere the white boundary surrounding scales extends lineally into a scale
SpotSPSmall dark patch of skin, located at PB or on neck
DotDOTLighter coloured small “dot” inside a scale
Fronto parietal extra scaleFPxtraSubscale located inside FP
Interparietal meets the frontoparietal scaleIP joins FPThe IP scale meets FP

Anatomical terminologyAnteriorANTTowards the head
PosteriorPOSTowards the tail
MedialMEDTowards the centre
LeftLLeft
RightRRight
AllALL“Tick” passes through entire scale

ScalesParietalP
InterparietalIP
FrontoparietalFP
FrontalF
PrefrontalPF
SupraocularSO
TemporalT
Parietal basePBPoint where left and right parietal scales join and meet the neck

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